Awards and Contests

Awards: ICD awards cash prizes for the top three faculty papers (Stevenson Competition) and the top three student papers (Markham Competition). First authors of student winners also will receive free conference registration. Both The Asian Journal of Communication and African Journalism Studies also sponsor a “Best Paper Award” with cash prizes. (Cash prizes are forfeited, if an author fails to present the work at the conference.) The Latino/Latin American Communication Research Award sponsored by Florida International University and University of Arizona will honor three top papers in the International Communication or Minorities and Communication divisions with cash prizes and conference registration waivers. The ICD is also pleased to announce a new competition for Best Poster Award beginning in 2018. All winners of all the aforementioned awards will be notified in advance and all awards will be presented at the ICD business meeting during the conference.

Asian Journal of Communication Best Paper Award: The AJC Best Paper Award is presented annually by the Asian Journal of Communication (AJC), a refereed international publication of the Asian Media Information and Communication Centre (AMIC) and the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, to an outstanding paper selected from the AEJMC International Communication Division’s Open Paper Competition. Established in 2003, the award is aimed at promoting mass communication research focused on the Asia-Pacific region. All papers submitted to ICD’s Stevenson open paper competition are eligible for the AJC Best Paper Award and will be reviewed automatically for the award. All research methodologies are welcome.

African Journalism Studies Best Paper Award for Journalism Research: The ICD’s “Best Paper Award for Journalism Research” is sponsored annually by African Journalism Studies for the most outstanding paper selected from the submissions to the AEJMC International Communication Division’s Open Paper Competition. Established in 2003, the award is aimed at promoting research in global journalism, which will enhance and enrich understanding of issues such as international news flow, news theory, media ethics, media education, gender, and race, as well as specific topics, such as the media and AIDS. In line with ICD’s international character, the award is also aimed at promoting research that addresses North-South and South-South journalism issues.

Latino/Latin American Communication Research Award: ICD will grant three awards to deserving top papers, two sponsored by the Florida International University College of Communication, Architecture and the Arts (CARTA) and the FIU Kimberly Green Latin American and Caribbean Center (LACC), and one sponsored by the University of Arizona School of Journalism. This award honors the top three research papers submitted to either the International Communication or the Minorities in Communication divisions by Hispanic scholars for journalism and mass media research relevant to their communities in Latin America, the Caribbean, the United States, Canada, or the Iberian Peninsula, including domestic and international communication.
Topics addressed may involve matters of Inter-American and Iberian-American communications, news media flows, media theory, media technology or new media, communication for development/social change, media law and ethics, media education, ethnic or gender media and integration, media economics, media and the environment, political communication, critical media studies, popular culture, and cultural studies among others. All research methodologies are welcome. To be eligible, authors must regard themselves as members of the Latino, Hispanic, or Latin American community. The term Latino or Latina, along with Hispanic, is meant to be inclusive, that is, individuals of Spanish, Portuguese, and even “French-speaking background” in the Americas. If two or more scholars have authored the submission, the first author should fit the eligibility criteria. Also, LARA winners from previous years will not be allowed to compete for this award for two consecutive years.

Best Poster Award: The ICD is pleased to announce this new award. The ICD’s Best Poster Award aims at: First, appreciating and recognizing the efforts of those ICD scholars who do great work with great poster presentations. Second, improving the quality of posters produced by scholars presenting their work in scholar-to-scholar sessions programmed by ICD. Third, encouraging higher participation in scholar-to-scholar sessions of ICD. The Research Chair and Markham Chair will serve as judges of this award. Both judges will evaluate each poster, unless there is a conflict of interest. More ICD scholars can be invited to serve as judges. For 2018, there will be one Best Poster Award for faculty and student-faculty posters, and one Best Poster Award for student (strictly student) posters. Winners will get certificates and honorary amounts of money in recognition of their work on high-quality posters.

Multimedia News Story Contest: The contest is open to all students.​​

  1. Entries must be nonfiction, journalistic stories with multimedia support on a topic related to an international issue.
  2. The news story should have an international angle on a local story or it may be an international story with a local angle.
  3. It should be a written story submitted as a class assignment and/or published on the university website or on a news media website.
  4. Stories will be judged based on criteria such as originality, news values, relevance of the story idea, journalistic merit and multimedia support.
  5. The story as well as the multimedia support should have been authored/executed by the same student.

Rules for News Story Contest:

  • Students may enter one news story with multimedia support.
  • All elements of the multimedia news story (defined as a journalistic, written, online story supported by multimedia elements such as Flash, photography, audio and/or video) should be authored/executed by the same student.
  • The completed entry form (one per entry) must be signed by a faculty member attesting to the originality of the multimedia news story and the accuracy of the information provided. The faculty member will have to attest that the story is posted or had earlier been posted on a Web site and provide the correct URL.
  • Submit a printed copy of the story and mention the correct URL or send a disk with the multimedia elements and send this along with the completed entry form via regular mail.
  • Cash awards will be given to the top three entries. In addition, the winners will receive certificates.